Lance Armstrong Loses the Tour De France


This just in from the New York Times:

With the Arc de Triomphe in the distance and a sea of fans along the roadside, Lance Armstrong stood on the podium at the Tour de France on Sunday, two spots below what he was used to. From 1999 to 2005, [Lance] Armstrong won this race, the most prestigious event in cycling. This time, he was third, behind the winner Alberto Contador of Spain and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.

Spain’s Alberto Contador, Armstrong’s rival and Astana teammate, was this year’s Tour de France winner. As the Times notes, Armstrong’s return to the Tour after a brief retirement has done a lot to help increase awareness; we told you last week that he also used it as an opportunity to wrangle some of contemporary art’s biggest names to raise money for his foundation.

He is the oldest rider to finish in the top three since 1976; look for him racing next year as part of Team RadioShack.